Test Bed We all know that the key to keeping your feet warm when it comes to boots is combining them with the right socks. As long as your boots are of a decent standard you should be okay – that’s if you’re not sticking them out of the bivvy to get snowed on in minus 6ºC conditions, obviously. The critical feature of good winter boots then is that they can keep out moisture – a leaking boot will give you cold toes quicker than you can say trench foot. What we concentrated on for this feature then was each pair of boots’ ability to keep out water. The consistencies To check out the capabilities of the boots, our editor donned one of each and immersed his foot in a tank of water. Each boot was kept there for a full 10 minutes to give them a proper run through, with the inside of the boot and the editor’s sock checked post dunk for any signs of leakage.
Jack Pyke is well known for its outdoor gear, and its boots come with a solid reputation. The Fieldman offer no-messing footwear that’s focused on the job at hand. Produced from high-quality, full-grain leather, the boots feature a rubberised band that surrounds the outside, lower part, offering protection from the terrain and the elements. Everything is well put together with quality laces, stitching and lace eyelet system. We know because we’ve used these for a number of years with the only problem encountered being the waterproofing at the tongue, but that’s after a lot of abuse. The soles are produced by Vibram (its Trek rubber sole) and offer superb grip and robustness, no matter what you’re treading on. One of the best aspects of the boots, other than how well they protect you from the elements, is the comfort level. Featuring amply padded tongues and heels using Thinsulate technology, plus with good ankle support through the speed lace system, the Fieldman tick a lot of boxes. As with the Prologic boots you’re looking way past the £100 mark for a pair, but they are a great investment that will pay you back over the long term.
Pros Classic boots with loads of modern tech to keep you dry and warm. Cons The price might make you think twice. Test Result As with the other boots, these were solid under the water pressure with not even a drop passing through.
Weight: 590g each